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Pennsylvania unemployment rate remains at 5.6% in July

Staff Writer | August 22, 2016
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry released its employment situation report for July 2016.
Jobs   Total nonfarm jobs rose 7,900 in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was unchanged from June at 5.6 percent. Pennsylvania's rate remained above that of the United States, which, at 4.9 percent, also stayed at its June level.

Pennsylvania's civilian labor force was down 15,000 from June to 6,521,000. Resident employment declined by 18,000 while the unemployment count increased by 3,000.

Total nonfarm jobs rose 7,900 to 5,891,100 in July. Six of the 11 supersectors added jobs from June. The largest movement was a gain of 3,100 in education & health services. The largest drop was 1,600 in both financial activities and professional & business services.

Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 58,000 (+1.0%). Nine of the 11 supersectors added jobs from last July. The largest increase from last year was in education & health services (+28,000), while the largest decline was in mining & logging (-9,300).